Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Married Female Stalker, After Harassing Her Victim for 2 Years, Attacks with Acid – Because He Would Not Kiss Her - 1902

NOTE: This type of violence by women was common in the late 1800s and early 1900s. See link below the article for a collection of scores of similar acid throwings committed by women, many of them stalkers,  dating from the 19th century to the present. Men also committed the same crime, but violence by women is focused on here since orthodox narrative has erased much of the truth about domestic violence initiated by female criminals.


FULL TEXT: John W. Smith, of No. 200 West One Hundred and Eleventh street, employed by Rand, McNally & Co., was attacked by a woman in a saloon at No. 148 Seventh avenue yesterday afternoon, she throwing the contents of a bottle of vitriol in his face.

Men in the saloon noticed the woman enter shortly after Smith. She was pretty and well dressed. She walked up to the bar where Smith was standing and greeted him effusively. He returned a rather cold greeting.

No further attention was paid to the couple until Smith was heard to cry out in pain. Bystanders turned find saw him clutching his face with his hands. The woman dropped a small bottle and ran out of the saloon. Policeman Curtin, of the West Twentieth Street Station, caught her at Eighteenth street and Eighth avenue.

Smith was taken to a drug store at No. 147 Seventh avenue and the burning wounds of his face were bathed in lotions. The acid had burned the entire left side, but luckily his eye was not injured.

Policeman Curtin took his prisoner to the drug store, and when she saw her victim she cried:

“If he had kissed me it would have been all right. He is my husband.”

“She is not my wife,” cried Smith. “She is married. Her husband is in Connecticut.”

Smith was attended by a New York Hospital ambulance, surgeon and took a cab for home. The woman was locked up in the West Twentieth Street Police Station. She described her self as Jennie Smith, and refused to give her address.

“This woman has been annoying Mr. Smith for two years,” said Mrs. Arthur Chamberlain, with whose family Smith boards in One Hundred and Eleventh street. He met her in Waterbury, Conn., two years ago. She became infatuated with him in spite of the fact that she was already married and had a thirteen-year-old daughter. She came to town three weeks ago and bothered us so at our home in Ninety-ninth street that we had -to move to get rid of her last Saturday night she found our new address and attacked me in the hallway. She did the same  thing Monday. I am not surprised that she threw acid at Mr. Smith.  I have heard her threaten to kill him, if he did not marry her. She always declared that she was divorced

[“Spurned, She Threw Acid In Man’s Face. – ‘If He Had Kissed Me It Would Have Been All Right,’ Woman Said When Arrested.” The World (New York, N.Y.), Apr. 5, 1902, p. 4]


SEE: “Acid Queens: Women Who Throw Acid” for a collection of synopses of similar cases.


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